Are Choice Schools Safe Schools?
By Corey DeAngelis, Martin Lueken, Ph.D.
Are private schools safer than public schools? Do they use the same security procedures? Do they suspend or expel students at a higher rate? Do private schools that participate in school choice programs report the same safety issues as private schools that do not participate in school choice programs? How does charter school safety compare to traditional public school safety? This report seeks to rigorously address these questions—and more—by collecting data from 618 school leaders across Indiana. We used their responses to empirically examine the relationship between private schooling and the presence of safety-related practices such as building access, security cameras, wearing of badges or picture IDs and more.